Patrick Devanney

Director of Industry Partnerships,  Office of the Dean



Patrick has a 20-year career spanning business development, employer engagement, and career services across higher education, corporate, non-profit, and non-traditional educational environments. Most recently, he served as the Chicago Market Leader and National Live Remote Campus Director at Tech Elevator, a full-stack coding boot camp. His tenure at Western Governors University as a Strategic Partnerships Manager saw the creation of innovative programs, such as the Essential Workers Scholarship during the pandemic, and the negotiation of cost-effective memberships, showcasing his commitment to accessible and impactful education.

At the University of Illinois Chicago’s Engineering Career Center, he helped the College of Engineering focus on employer partnerships and increased on-campus hiring. His roles at Boston University and Wellspring House in Gloucester underscore his dedication to building meaningful connections in the educational and community spheres. As a first-generation individual, he brings a unique perspective to his roles, leading with empathy, curiosity, and a disruptive mindset. Patrick graduated from the University of Maine with an M.Ed. in Higher Education, and the University of Connecticut with a Bachelor’s in Communication Sciences.